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El Nido Stay | Tapik Beach Park: Serene Home at East El Nido

Discover East El Nido, the cultural side of this paradise region of Palawan. West El Nido with its dramatic karst islands and stunning beaches in Bacuit Bay may be the main draw for tourist but there’s fulfilment in discovering the quiet side of El Nido East with unspoilt beaches, island and incomparable marine life than the other side. The perfect home base in discovering the wonders of the east is Tapik Beach Park, a rustic, family-run, beachfront lodging in Sibaltan El Nido offering spartan native beach huts accommodation to more sophisticated beach cottages with elaborate designs.

The beach cottage
The beach cottage

Huts and Cottages

Tapik Beach Park has a number of accommodations spread far and wide along a sloping hill by the beach. All have beach view and access. I was able to stay at their Beach Cottage which they currently have two. Voltaire played around with the design and architecture on this one. It has a private bathroom, one queen-sized bed and a private balcony overlooking the resort. I like that it is airy that even when the power goes off, it allows the wind to circulate inside the room.

Their Beach Hut is spartan and basic, but it’s really popular with foreign guest wanting to stay in a native hut. I was also able to stay at the one with near the beach. I love the sound of the waves, the makeshift table and bench outside the hut and my own hammock. The bathroom is sharing for those who wouldn’t mind to rough it out a little. They have kept their public bath and toilet clean when I was there.

Aside from the cottage and huts, they have a loft room good for groups of up to 5. Camping is also allowed on the grounds for a fee. Guest do have to mind the use of water as they have to get supply from town. They are currently finding their own water source and hopefully have their own supply. Power in Sibaltan is limited. They have their own genset which runs from 6–10pm. Each hut and cottages do have some solar powered light but that also have limited capacity.

Beach cottage bed and balcony
Beach cottage bed and balcony

Restaurant and Activities

Food is not a problem with Tapik Beach Resort, the restaurant serves really sumptuous food and I have to commend how they make each dish look delectable as well. The resort also pioneered the island hopping tours in the East Side of El Nido which includes the heavenly Mausonoan Island. Another notable destination is the Imorgie Island teeming with marine life. Beach bumming is also a favorite activity. They have bonfires at night and the moonrise here is very scenic. With little light pollution, star gazing is also favorite night activity.

There’s so much to say about Tapik Beach Park. The great reviews are not kidding. It’s a great place to getaway from it all and enjoy the authentic country-side atmosphere, a relaxed island hopping and simple good times by the beach.

Restaurant dining area
Restaurant dining area

How to go to Sibaltan

There are two ways to Sibaltan. One is the public Charity Bus (contact 09051035821) which leaves the market at 11am. Though I must warn tourist as this is a local bus and the usual travel time of 1.5 hours from El Nido town to Sibaltan can extend up to 3-4 hours since they load in cargo and usually stops to unload cargo and passengers. On some days it can test your patience. The worst for me was almost 6 hours. Fare is Php 70.

Tapik Beach Park also have their own transport transfer which leaves the market every 4pm n the afternoon. They are fast with no stops and will send guest directly to the resort. I recommend this one even if they leave late in the afternoon.

Balcony view of the beach
Balcony view of the beach

Tapik Beach Park
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Beach hut view
Beach hut view
Spartan interior of the beach hut
Spartan interior of the beach hut
Beachfront view and my bench and table
Beachfront view and my bench and table
Another beach hut by the hill slope
Another beach hut by the hill slope
Tapsilog breakfast
Tapsilog breakfast

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